Paint in the style of an olD Master
Channels John Singer Sargent’s distinctive portrait work and paints Cersei and the dead king from Game of Thrones
or this workshop I’ll be attempting to simulate a painting by John Singer Sargent in Photoshop, using nothing more than the Round brush and a few handy tools.
I’ve studied Sargent since college and continue to be surprised by his feats as a master painter. While teachings from him are few and far between, the best way to learn from a dead artist is to see the work in person. It takes one good trip to a
fmuseum to understand the massive scale of Sargent’s career. When we look at an image through the internet we wonder, how have the painters created such tight and realistic works of art? The answer usually lies in the size of the original painting and in Sargent’s case, these portraits were massive! When viewing an original Sargent up close you’ll notice the gesture, the energy and oily gloop required to fill a life-sized portrait. As a large-scale oil painter myself, I prep my Photoshop files to be as large as a fine art canvas. This way I can print the work to be close to life-sized. It also helps to keep me in the mindset of the Old Masters.
I, like they, want my work to be grandiose. My only wish for this painting is that Lady Cersei and King Joffrey were to have sat for their portrait. The model is the life and soul of Sargent’s paintings: you can almost feel them breathe. Let’s see what we can do with a photo shoot, and some of our imagination.